Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 have both been confirmed to be getting current gen re-releases at San Diego Comic Con. The announcement came during the gaming portion of Marvel’s San Diego Comic Con panel and is going to predate Ultimate Alliance’s 10-year anniversary by a couple of months. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2 are going to be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on Tuesday July 26th. Both games are going to retail for $39.99 individually but can also be bought as a bundle for $59.99.
For those unfamiliar, the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series were action RPG games centered around the Marvel universe with a cast of various heroes from said universe joining forces and going on a variety of adventures. The games put a lot of focus on cooperative play. The cooperative gameplay that Marvel Ultimate Alliance focused on was the old “couch co-op.” The same room and shared experience with friends, split screen co-op of days gone by. The re-release will stay true to this style of co-op by having both online and local cooperative play.
The gameplay works off of the player building a team of heroes, which can be upgraded and leveled up. Players can get bonuses from team synergy and have to make strategic decisions on the fly. Essentially these games allow players to make their own experiences in the Marvel Universe. They are probably one the most celebrated and loved franchises in the history of Marvel games. Mike Jones, Executive Producer of Ultimate Alliance, has even said “since we started rebuilding our games strategy and going on the road to Comic Cons and gaming events like E3, we’re constantly being asked about Ultimate Alliance.”
As far as changes to the original games. There is not much that is going to be different. The re-releases are meant to stay true to the originals but will include: improved performance, UI/ graphical enhancements, and some tweaks to the game in order to make them fully compatible with the current gen technology.
Whether or not this re-release is going to be a way to build hype for a new Ultimate Alliance game is completely up to speculation. So far, there has been no indication that a new game in the franchise is in the works. Executive Producer Mike Jones, when asked about the possibility of a new Ultimate Alliance game simply responded with, “Anything is possible, true believers.”